In the lull following the storm, we nipped up the Elan again and spent fruitless hours looking in the usual places for Ouzels to no avaiI, until one popped up near Pen y garreg on Sorcha’s farm pasture with a small mixed flock of Redwings & Fieldfares-my first winter thrushes.A bus full of children scared them all off before I could get a pic.It was an immature bird. Also first Goldeneye on Dol y mynach-an immature male I think, out in the middle.Great patch of Fly Agaric just past the wee bridge beside Craig goch.
A small flock with a few mistles and a couple of blackbirds feeding on Hawthorn and yew berries on the side of the road Rhogo. Just the one Dabchick on Rhogo pool, a pair of Stonechat on the dry stone wall….The lake …The lone young Grebe appeared yesterday, I assumed he had taken flight.. a few Goosanders and a doz Canada’s.. only sighted one lone Tuftie.
In the pouring rain and low light (mediocre) to say the least…. my first pics this year of Redwing …..A small flock of 12 ish feeding on yew berries near Hundred house. Did not come across any fieldfares this outing….hope the weather improves for a second attempt mid-week!!!!.
A very long shot but just about recognizable 2 Drakes ( 1 Juv) and a female….also a family of 4 Dabs a pair of tufties, 7 Moor hen, a few mallard and a pair of swan…..10 Red headed goosanders Friday the young Grebe seems to like their company, although saying that today sighted 5 Goosanders and no Grebe….Its about time he was off….. on Friday two Kestrels disputing territory near the 9 th green Golf links.
All these Redwing sightings—harbingers of imminent winter.
So nice to see near Talgarth (Brecknock ) 4 swallows yesterday evening on way to A`venny….reminders of a fabulous Summer just ended
Oh and scattered small flock fieldfares at road top Pengennfforrd too :)
A flock of c 200 Redwings with mistles and a small nos of field-fare feeding on rowan berry on the Hundred house Fforest road just before Llynhelein turn….. Usual thing as soon as I stopped they were off heading towards Bettws…Sighted a family of 5 stonechats on track to fossil quarry Rhogo… also 5 kites 2 buzzards 1 kestrel and what looked amazingly like a hobby shooting across the road near Llynhelein… rather late I know but could be one or two hanging around still. Many Goldcrests about ..sighted 5 in the hedgerow up Rhogo…..got to get them down when seen!!! such a cracking little bird…must have had a fab breeding season of late to see so many.